Lady Cats Fall to Top-Seeded Charleston in WVIAC Semifinals
03/05/09...Andrea Dalton (Washington, Pa.) scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but it was enough, as the Lady Cat basketball team's season came to an end Friday afternoon in the WVIAC Semifinals at the Charleston Civic Center with a 73-56 loss to top-seeded University of Charleston (WV). Pitt-Johnstown finished with an 18-12 record.
Charleston climbed out 15-9 six minutes into the game, but back-to-back three-pointers by Dalton and Qiuana Brown (Monroeville, Pa.) tied the score 1:45 later. Brown's second three-pointer of the half gave Pitt-Johnstown a three-point lead and sparked a 6-0 run to put the Lady Cats up 26-21 with 6:22 to play. However, the Golden Eagles outscored the Lady Cats 14-5 the rest of the way to go into the halftime break with a 35-31 advantage.
The Golden Eagles extended the lead to 40-31 early in the second half, but a 9-0 Lady Cat run, capped by a pair of Dalton free-throws, tied the score at 17:29. Charleston answered with another run to push the lead back to nine points with 14:44 on the clock. Jamie Gennett's (Davidsville, Pa.) layup got the Lady Cats to within 55-52 at 7:41. The top-seeded Golden Eagles took control with a 10-0 to build the lead to 65-52 on Veronica Carmen's three-pointer with 3:51 to play. Charleston maintained the double-digit lead the rest of the way, en route to the 17-point victory.
Dalton was the only Lady Cat to score in double-figures. Dalton finished with 13 points, including three three-pointers, and seven rebounds. Sheena Aden (Sandy Lake, Pa.) had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, while Monae Baker (Bushkill, Pa.) chipped in seven points and a team-high eight rebounds. Head coach Sasha Palmer also got eight points and eight assists from Lindsay Cale (Hummelstown, Pa.), and seven points from Kristin Irwin (Bellefonte, Pa.), who both played their last games in a Lady Cat uniform. Gennett had six points and six rebounds, and Brown tallied six points and five rebounds in the loss.
With her eight points, Cale wrapped-up her Pitt-Johnstown career ranked 21st on the Lady Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,157 career points.
Pitt Johnstown shot just 32.1% (18-56) from the field, 8-25 from three-point range and 12-18 from the free-throw line. Charleston ended the day shooting 39.4% (26-66) from the floor, 8-21 from behind the three-point line and 13-18 from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles, who held a slim 42-41 advantage in rebounding, converted 20 Pitt-Johnstown turnovers in 20 points. Charleston also outscored the Lady Cats 24-12 in the paint.
Carmen's game-high 23 points and Lindsey Kentner's 11 points led the way for Charleston. Jihan Williams collected nine points and seven rebounds, and Tarenna Dixon chipped in eight points and a game-high nine rebounds to help the Golden Eagles improve to 24-6 and earn a spot in Saturday's WVIAC championship game against #2-seeded West Liberty State (WV) College.